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Pleuronectiformes  -  Paralichthyidae  -  Citharichthys  -  Citharichthys sordidus

Citharichthys sordidus

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eyes large, origin lower eye before upper, sharp ridge over lower eye
  LL straight

teeth- 1 row, no canines

lower gill rakers 12-16
pectoral reaches eye
D 86-102

A 67-81


Citharichthys sordidus (Girard, 1856)

Pacific sandab,     Mottled flounder

Body elongate; head < 30% of SL; eyes large, lower eye slightly before upper eye, its diameter greater than snout length; sharp bony ridge over lower eye; mouth medium length, ends under center of lower eye;
 blind side jaws not arched; teeth ~ equally developed on both sides of jaws, in 1 series of immovable teeth on each jaw, no canines but front teeth a little enlarged; gill rakers slender, short, 12-16 lower rakers; 86-102 dorsal rays; 67-81 anal rays; eye side pectoral shorter than head, reaches about middle of eye when folded forward; base of eye side pelvic on midline of body; urinary papilla on blind side, immediately behind anus; eye-side lateral line ~ straight, from edge of opercle to tail base; scales rough,  61-70 lateral line scales.

Eye-side dull brown, mottled with brown and black, sometimes with yellow and orange spots; blind-side dull white to tan.

Size: 41 cm.

Habitat: sandy and mud bottoms.

Depth: 9-549 m.

The Bering Sea to southern Baja.

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